Team of the Week: Rogue
With nine out of ten teams seemingly able to qualify for the play-offs, rarely the European Championship League of Legends (LEC) didn’t seem so open. But at the end of this fourth week of competition, a team emerged from the fray to take the lead in the standings: Rogue (1st, 7v., 2d.). While she had started her season very badly, with two defeats in her first two games, she signed a seventh success in a row this Saturday.
During a full week, Emil “Larssen” Larsson and his teammates made a strong impression, closing in on the level that brought them to the Spring Split Finals. In their first meeting against Vitality (3rd, 5v., 4d.), they were on par for a long time before accelerating very sharply in the 20th minute, showing their outstanding coordination. Their second match was much more expeditious: dominating in all areas of the game, they obliterated BDS (10th, 1v, 8d.), more than ever the red lantern in the league.
Game of the Week: Misfits-G2
If Snape just made the pass of seven, Misfits (3rd, 5v., 4d.) also stacks the successes without stopping for several weeks. By winning against G2 (7th, 4v., 5d.) in a crazy match on Saturday, the day after their victory against Fnatic, the Rabbits thus signed a fifth victory in a row, which places them ideally in the fight at the play offs. The case was however very badly embarked: roughed up at the start of the game, they had to race behind until the 30th minute, but knew how to round their backs, in their characteristic style.
Above all, they perfectly knew how to exploit their adversary’s few moments of bewilderment to turn the tide, thanks to an imperial Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié, who alone totaled as much damage as all of his teammates combined. With this memorable performance, the Frenchman puts G2 in a delicate situation: European champions in the spring, the team of Rasmus “caPs” Winther misses his recovery and only points to 7th place in the LEC, a long way off of his ambitions.
Player of the Week: Daniel “Sertuss” Gamani
Hopes by SK Gaming (9th, 3v., 6d.) are not buried. In great difficulty at the start of the season, the German club slammed two resounding victories this week, to get back into the race for the play-offs. A performance made possible by the great week of his midlaner, Daniel “Sertuss” Gamani. During the first meeting against G2, his Akali ruled the roost at the start of the game, putting his team on the right track. The next day, his Sylas, who didn’t die once, was even more decisive against Excel.
The merits of SK’s revival, however, could just as well have gone to Jean “Jezu” Massol. Sick for several weeks, the Frenchman was able to take advantage of the break from competition last week to recover his health. In game, he seems in any case to have returned to full form and was very sharp throughout the weekend. If he continues on his upward trajectory, he could well manage to lift his team into the Top 6.
Back to earth for the two co-leaders, with Rogue, of the past week. Big surprise at the start of the season, Excel (3rd, 5v., 4d.) lost against two teams within its reach, Astralis and SK, and fell into line. It was also a difficult weekend for Fnatic, who also recorded two defeats. Quite the opposite of MAD Lions (2nd, 6v., 3d.), carried by a Javier “Elyoya” Prades in great form, who scored two successes.
For its part, the only French team in the league, vitality (3rd, 5v., 4d.), is part of the pack of four teams with five victories. Irregular in the game, she relied on a very great Barney “Alphari” Morris, exceptional on Gangplank on Saturday, to grab a precious success against Fnatic.